It’s really hard to hate Bojan Krkic. The lovable Spaniard has been spending more time on the bench this season than on the pitch. But the midfielder came on and bagged the equaliser for Stoke today, in a 1-1 draw away at West Ham.
The home side took the lead in the second half through a Glenn Whelan own goal, but Bojan was able to save Stoke’s unbeaten run in the league with a cool finish after a mistake from Adrian.
With Arnautovic suspended, Ramadan Sobhi became the first teenager to start a Premier League for the club, and Jon Walters replaced an injured Xherdan Shaqiri.
Stoke had a great chance to take the lead early on, as Bony played through Walters down the right. The Irishman whipped the ball in and Ramadan was waiting to tap the ball in at the far post, but West Ham were able to clear before it got there.
Lee Grant once again proved why he is our current number one, as he produced a brilliant save to deny Ogbonna who headed towards goal a Payet corner kick from close range.
The Hammers broke the deadlock in the second half through what looked like Michail Antonio, but was later judged to be an own goal by Glenn Whelan. Stoke have Dimitri Payet too much time down the left, letting him chip the ball into the box towards Antonio, and the ball would come off Whelan and go in off the post.
Whelan would later be taken off for Bojan, with Bony also making way for Crouch. And that substitution would turn out to be a success.
Just four minutes after coming on, Bojan got his goal. Walters would lob the ball over Adrian, who came out to collect the ball, and the Spaniard was there to smartly volley the ball home. A great goal for Bojan, who must have been frustrated about his lack of game time. It’s his second goal of the season, and will hopefully result in him appearing a lot more.
A valuable point for The Potters, who go up to 11th in the league, and extends our unbeaten league run to six games.
Adam and Ramadan were the standout players in midfield today, with Martins Indi putting in another good shift in defence. All round a positive performance, despite not playing amazing, we came back to get a point against a good side. The dark days are over, now we can look forward to the rest of the season and what it will produce.
Final Score – West Ham United 1-1 Stoke City